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Scott Watson

Scott Watson

scwatson@ku.edu

Brassword-A Holophrastic Approach to Teaching Brass

Clinic Synopsis:

THIS NEW AND INNOVATIVE APPROACH DEVELOPED BY PROFESSOR WATSON, USES HOLOPHRASTIC SLOGANS TO GIVE YOUNG BRASS PLAYERS ACCESS TO VITAL TECHNIQUES AND CONCEPTS WHILE PLAYING. THROUGH REPETITION, THE STUDENT BEGINS TO ASSOCIATE SPECIFIC PHYSICAL MOVEMENTS OF AIR TECHNIQUE, EMBOUCHURE FUNCTION, AND SOUND CONCEPTS WITH THESE SLOGANS. THE RESULT IS BETTER AND MORE NATURAL PLAYING WITH EASE, ALLOWING THE STUDENT BY HIGH SCHOOL TO HAVE “AUTOTELLIC” EXPERIENCES.

Scott Watson - Biographical Information

Scott Watson is the Professor of Tuba-Euphonium at the School of Music, University of Kansas, an association that dates back to 1979. His solo efforts can be heard on his “Thoughts of a Cow“ Solo CD, and the educational recordings “Stepping Stones for Tuba, Volume I & II”, both on Potenza Records. He was elected and served as President of the International Tuba Euphonium Association from 1999-2001 and currently serves on the Association’s Advisory Board. Scott is Principal Eb tuba of the acclaimed Fountain City Brass Band of Kansas City which is the most successful brass band in American history, having won eight North American titles, as well as their historic Scottish Open win in 2009. In 2018 he served as Principal Tuba of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in Australia as part of its MSO Ambassador Program. While there, he taught at the Conservatorium of Music of the University of Melbourne/Victoria School of the Arts as well as being Principal Eb tuba of the Glenferrie Brass Band. He has been tubist in his career with such ensembles as the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Brevard Music Center Orchestra, and the Crested Butte Music Festival Orchestra along with regular performances with the Kansas City Symphony. Scott Watson is an Artist/Clinician for Besson Tubas through Buffet Crampon USA.

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